What Does An Autism Screening Test Include?

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability "that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors" (via American Psychiatric Association), though all autistic folks experience ASD differently. That is, the disorder encompasses a wide spectrum of symptoms that vary from person to person. 

Moreover, autism can be more difficult to diagnose since there's no real medical test for this disorder. However, parents can have doctors screen their children for autism early on if they notice developmental delays or signs of autism early on. Here, we'll take a look at the signs of autism, the different types of screenings available, and what parents should know before having their child undergo an autism screening test.